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Feds help state gov't put more energy saving vehicles on the road

CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicle fuel nozzle
CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicle fuel nozzle

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state government will help trucking firms and local communities purchase almost 100 vehicles fueled by natural gas and propane.

The idea is to encourage the private sector to add more such energy-saving vehicles – and create stations to fuel those vehicles.

The State Administration Department’s energy office announced 29 grants Tuesday to help buy 81 natural gas-powered vehicles, plus 18 with propane.

Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch says the demand is increasing for alternative fuels. He says it’s vital to have an infrastructure in place to expand the use of those fuels in the Badger State.

Over the next three years, the energy office hopes to help establish 200 filling stations for compressed natural gas, to serve 15,000 mid-to-heavy duty trucks which use the fuel.

The Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program is helping the state fund the initial grants.

The program received $15 million in federal stimulus funds in 2009.